#Day41: ‘Festering Curfew, Blocking Essential Supplies Is Yazidiyat,’ says Trade



Expressing serious concern over the extension of curfew in besieged Kashmir to night hours and latest blockade on fuel supplies to the Valley, the Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) Chairperson Mohammed Yasin Khan on Thursday accused the government of resorting to “worst ever oppression”.

“As if continued cycle of killing of innocent civilians and wounding thousands of others was not enough the government has furthered the curfew and blocked fuel supplies to make people suffer more. This is neither Insaaniyat nor Jamhooriyat but Yazidiyat, where the tyrant rulers are deriving sadistic pleasure out of their aggression on the unarmed civilians peacefully fighting for their rights,” Khan who also heads the Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation said in a hand out this afternoon.

Taking a dig at the Peoples Democratic Partly (PDP) led government, Khan said instead of feeling guilty for having broken all “records of rights abuse” in Kashmir, the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti in her August 15 speech “justified the killings and other oppressions only to please her masters in Nagpur”.

“Day and night curfew has pushed the people of Kashmir to starvation while the blockade of oil supplies will only worsen the situation. From milk to vegetables to medicines and oil, nothing is being allowed to be sold even in the hours when Hurriyat Conference announces relaxation. By countering the Hurriyat calendar the government is only deepening the crises,” Khan said.

Khan said there was a shortage of baby food as well. “We are being pushed to starvation and death from all sides by this government,” Khan said.

He said, “the police have been ransacking the shops and hawkers who try to open their outlets during the relaxation by the separatists.” “The trader community is being pushed to wall.”

Referring to the latest killing of a youth in Pampore, Khan said the PDP led government has opened account even on “extra-judicial murders”. “After massacres as have been happening we have to face extra-judicial murders,” Khan added.

Appealing people of Kashmir particularly the trade fraternity to be united in this hour of crises, he said some forces were trying to create wedge. “Let’s be united for our strength lies unity,” he said.

While condemning the “continuing bloodbath”, Khan expressed serious concern over arrest spree. “Youth are being arrested and police stations are turning into extortion centers.”

Khan also condemned the police raid on the Hurriyat Conference headquarters at Raj Bagh.

Seeking intervention of international community particularly the rights groups into Kashmir crises, Khan reiterated that Kashmir was a dispute and needs to be resolved.

“It’s high time for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to accept Kashmir as a dispute and take requisite measures to douse the blazes than drag Kashmir to further crises,” Khan said. “New Delhi must understand that Kashmir is a resilient nation, the more you suppress, the more we rise.”

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